Lecture Series

Fall of the Wall Campus Weeks 2014 is hosting a series of public lectures that will examine the role of civil society in bringing about the changes of 1989. Our distinguished lecturers come from a variety of disciplines and will collectively consider the role of religious institutions, east-west politics, and comparative economic performance in bringing about successful opposition to authoritarianism. All lectures are open to the public and will include time for public discussion and a reception.

Dr. Irwin Collier, Director of the John F. Kennedy Institute and Professor of Economics, Freie Universit├Ąt, Berlin
Destruction and Construction: Economics and the Fall of the Berlin Wall
September 22, 2014
4:00 pm, 220 Eggers Hall
If you missed Dr. Collier’s lecture, you can view the video here.

Dr. Ralph Jessen, Professor of Modern History, University of Cologne
Commemorating a Revolution: Public Memory and National Identity in Germany after 1989
October 7, 2014
4:00 pm, 220 Eggers Hall
If you missed Dr. Jessen’s lecture, you can view the video here.

Dr. Jeffrey Kopstein, Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies and Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto
1989 and the Remaking of the European Political Order
October 16, 2014
4:00 pm, 220 Eggers Hall
If you missed Dr. Kopstein’s lecture, you can view the video here.

The International Relations Program will also host Fall of the Wall themed discussions as part of the Conversations IR series. Bring your lunch and enjoy a conversation with the following guests:

  • “The Streets of Berlin, 9 November 1989: Chance and Contingency” with Laurie Marhoefer, Professor of History, Maxwell School of Syracuse University on September 15, 2014.
  • “German-American Relationships Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall” with Jakob von Wagner, Counselor for Cultural Affairs at the German Consulate General in New York on November 3, 2014.

All conversations take place in 225B Eggers Hall at 12:45 pm. Additional information about the Conversations in IR series can be found on the International Relations website.